May 10, 1992 |
Communists heckled Russian President Boris N. Yeltsin during celebrations Saturday to mark Nazi Germany's defeat in World War II. In Moscow's Gorky Park, where Yeltsin was at first warmly greeted at a gathering of veterans, several hundred Communists approached him and started shouting "Down with Yeltsin" and "Yeltsin out." Although protected by dozens of guards and police, Yeltsin walked back to his car, pursued by shouting opponents, witnesses said.
May 9, 1993 |
Russian President Boris N. Yeltsin and his main rival, Parliament Chairman Ruslan I. Khasbulatov, appealed for calm Saturday on the eve of Russia's celebration of the defeat of Nazi Germany. Both men hoped to avoid a repeat of violent May Day observances, in which one police officer was killed and hundreds of people were injured during clashes between hard-line Communist demonstrators and police.
May 2, 1996 |
If Wednesday's dampened celebrations of May Day can be regarded as a straw poll of voters ahead of the June presidential election, the forces for democracy can breathe a sigh of relief. Rallies to note the traditionally Communist workers' holiday drew relatively small and docile crowds, in contrast with the hordes of angry anti-reform demonstrators that had been predicted.
April 16, 1995 |
In the days of hard-line communism, the trouble with Subbotniks--the three Saturdays a year of "voluntary free labor"--was that the unpaid pre-holiday cleanups were compulsory for all. In the early days of reform, during former Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev's campaign for openness and freedom, Subbotniks remained a command performance, but little work got done. Students, office workers, pensioners and soldiers turned the seasonal spruce-up into a massive picnic.
April 5, 1995 |
Chancellor Helmut Kohl has decided to travel to Moscow to mark the 50th anniversary of Germany's defeat in World War II, but he will not attend the military parade at the heart of the celebration, officials said Tuesday. President Clinton, President Francois Mitterrand of France and Prime Minister John Major of Britain have confirmed they will attend the Red Square parade, which Russian officials said would include soldiers who helped crush the Chechnya rebellion this year.
January 1, 1999 |
You might think Santa Claus has a tough job, what with flying all over the world in a single night and figuring out who's been naughty or nice. But these days, he has it easy compared with his Russian cousin, Ded Moroz. Russia's big winter holiday is New Year's, and today is when Ded Moroz makes his rounds. By tradition, he has a somewhat more arduous job than Santa: He usually delivers gifts in person, and he has no brigade of elves to help, just a young girl called Snow Maiden.